Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s ‘positive history’ at Wembley stands them in good stead ahead of Saturday’s North London derby.
The Gunners head to the national stadium having won nine consecutive games at the venue and the boss thinks the quality of the pitch and the big crowd will help make it a special day.
Asked whether a trip to Wembley is more preferable than a trip up the Seven Sisters Road to White Hart Lane, Wenger explained:
“Yes, because we have a positive history there. Of course, Wembley is a pitch that is of quality and a stadium of a big crowd and it’s always a special day in your mind. Overall, yes.”
The boss denied that such a good record will be decisive but he hinted that familiarity with the surroundings should help his team deliver a performance.
“It [playing at Wembley] has a little bit of weight in it as we feel we have a good level of performances there. We will not feel too much away in that situation. Overall, I believe it will be down to the performance on the day.
On why his side have been on such a good run at the stadium, one that has taken in three FA Cup successes and two Community Shield wins, he added: “They were always very important games for us, vital games, so that is why the focus was there.
“Is that especially linked with the players? No, it is just linked with the fact that at Wembley you play special games where you are under pressure to perform and we responded well to it every time.”